01 April 2014

KENYA : Players woes find way into Parliament

The Kenya Basketball Federation’s accountability will be put to test on Tuesday when disgruntled players appear before the Parliamentary Accounts Committee, PAC.
The players, led by Denis Opiyo from Team Lions, have been accorded audience with the Ababu Namwamba-led committee when they are expected to present their case.
Among the many issues at hand, they are challenging the credibility of KBFs audited accounts that were presented at the annual general meeting held on March 22.
There had been palpable bad blood between the players and the federation prior to the AGM. The players had challenged the constitutionality of the notice given out and even staged a walkout after they failed to stop the AGM from proceeding. It now seems that they are digging in for a fight.
Opiyo confirmed to sportsnewsarena.com that they have already contacted the Ethics and Anti-Corrupruion Commision as well as officially written to sports cabinet secretary Hassan Wario on the same.
“We are pushing from every corner because there is massive corruption at the federation. We have supplied the committee with all evidence ready for the meeting.”
In their case to PAC, they accuse the federation of corruption which emanated from the manner in which the accounts were presented.
“Nobody was given a chance to peruse over the report yet we were expected to approve foolishly. Some people have threatened me but i will not back down since its for the sake of players,” he said.
The fact that no discussions on the appointment of new auditors was held during the AGM has raised eyebrows and is expected to dominate the Tuesday meeting at Parliament Buildings.
“It is a shame that the auditor even attempted to leave the meeting when there were questions to be asked. This was not the first time that happened.” Ochieng Onyango Associates is the current auditor for the federation.
Concerns over national teams handling, sponsorships
However, the federation puts a brave face amidst these allegations promising to deal with any visible cases of funds embezzlement.
This was captured in the resolutions reached during the meeting with stern warning to any corrupt individuals within the federation’s ranks.
“It was recommended that forthwith, action should be taken on any person that misappropriates the Federation’s funds.”
The accountability is expected to stretch to persons representing national teams while on international duty, gate collections from all paid matches, individual contributions as well as donations.
To prevent further controversies in future, it will be a mandatory requirement for the Executive Committee in collaboration with the Finance Committee to provide notes that will accompany the audited accounts.

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